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Internal control helps corals resist acidification

Wed, 02 May 2018 09:46:58 EDT ~ Scientists have found that some corals are able to combat the effects of ocean acidification by controlling their own chemistry. Find out more...

Scientists discover balance of thermal energy and low climate stress drive coral species diversity

Tue, 01 May 2018 16:17:46 EDT ~ Marine scientists have identified two key factors that create the ideal conditions needed for high species diversity in coral reefs: thermal energy in the form of warm water and low climate stress. Find out more...

Reef fish inherit tolerance to warming oceans

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 13:19:52 EDT ~ Thanks to mom and dad, baby reef fish may have what it takes to adjust to hotter oceans. Find out more...

Bleaching of coral reefs reduced where daily temperature changes are large

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:00:03 EDT ~ Coral reef bleaching is stark evidence of the damage being inflicted by global climate change on marine ecosystems, but a research team has found some cause for hope. While many corals are dying, others are showing resilience to increased sea surface temperatures, pointing to possible clues to the survival and recovery of these vitally important aquatic habitats. Find out more...

Double trouble for a coral reef

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:05:23 EDT ~ Upolu, one of the nine islands of Samoa, in the Pacific Ocean. This isolated coral reef promised to be a site of rich biodiversity for the scientists on the Tara Pacific expedition. But, it proved to be in a far more degraded state than previously thought: coral cover is below 10 percent in over 80 percent of the 124 sites considered. Find out more...

Great Barrier Reef coral predicted to last at least 100 years before extinction from climate change

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:15:20 EDT ~ A common Great Barrier Reef coral species has enough genetic diversity to survive at least 100 years before succumbing to global warming, researchers predict. Find out more...

Global warming is transforming the Great Barrier Reef

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:15:04 EDT ~ A new study shows that corals on the northern Great Barrier Reef experienced a catastrophic die-off following the extended marine heatwave of 2016. Find out more...

Coral bleaching threatens the diversity of reef fish

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:00:53 EDT ~ New research reveals that global warming also affects fish who depend on corals. The Great Barrier Reef is revered for its kaleidoscope of color. New international research reveals that coral bleaching events not only whitewash corals, but can also reduce the variety of fish occupying these highly valued ecosystems. Find out more...

Facilitating coral restoration

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 16:36:32 EDT ~ Global declines of coral reefs -- particularly in the Caribbean -- have spurred efforts to grow corals in underwater nurseries and transplant them to enable recovery. However, current approaches rarely incorporate the key ecological reef processes critical to facilitating restoration and improving the odds of success. In a new paper, scientists advocate for the integration of essential natural processes to exploit dynamic ecological forces and drive recovery of coral reef ecosystems. Find out more...

Coral reefs protect coasts from severe storms

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 11:11:23 EDT ~ Coral reefs can naturally protect coasts from tropical cyclones by reducing the impact of large waves before they reach the shore, according to scientists. Tropical cyclones wreak havoc on coastal infrastructure, marine habitats and coastal populations across the world. However, experts say that for coastlines facing a direct cyclone impact, a fringing reef can protect the beach from extensive erosion. Find out more...